Boeing Vertol CH-46C Labrador Helicopter

640px-BoeingVertolCH-113Labrador11301-03On this date, August 27, 1959, the very first flight of the Boeing Vertol CH-46C helicopter (code-named Labrador) took place.

This helicopter is a twin-engine, tandem-rotor aircraft that was a variant of the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight built by the U.S.

The Labrador was a search and rescue helicopter purchased by the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force), used between 1963-2004. In Canada, the CH-46 was also renamed as the CH-113 Labrador.

The image above taken from Wikipedia (photographed by Adam Hunt) shows the 301 (as per the CH11301), at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. The 301 was the first of the Labrador’s put in service, and the last one taken out of service.  

Eventually, the Canadian Army wanted a version of their own… a troop and cargo carrier designated as the Voyageur.

The Voyageur was replaced by the Army in and around 1975 by the CH-147 Chinook heavy-lift and transport choppers, with the remaining Voyageurs moved to the RCAF.

The Voyageurs and Labradors performed search and rescue duties.

About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. He has written and been an editor for various industrial magazines, has scripted comic books, ghost-written blogs for business sectors galore, and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. He works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers - even though it takes him so much time to do. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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